NGA Promotes Munster & Ott to Vice President in Recognition of Leadership and Service

Jan 15, 2013

Arlington, VA - The National Grocers Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the promotion of Aileen Dullaghan Munster to Vice President, Education and Research and Matthew R. Ott, MS, CAE to Vice President, Membership and Information Technology.

Aileen Dullaghan Munster previously served as Director of Education and Research for NGA. Aileen is responsible for setting strategy for education initiatives as well as the development and management of educational events including trade shows, conferences, and webinars. She also oversees the development of financial benchmark and consumer surveys and develops share groups for specific communities within NGA's membership. Prior to joining NGA, Aileen held a number of progressively responsible positions in research, education and industry affairs at Food Marketing Institute. She also assisted the Network of Executive Women with their 2011 Annual Leadership Summit. Aileen has a MS in Economics from Virginia Tech and an MA in International Business from George Mason University. She has been with NGA since April 2011.

Matthew Ott was previously NGA's Director of Membership and Information Technology. Since January 2011, Matt has been responsible for membership service offerings including the development and improvement of organizational technology such as the new NGA website and online member portal, NGA Online Training and Education Center (www.grocerytraining.org) and NGA social media platforms. He has led many initiatives designed to help raise member satisfaction and retention, including the expansion of NGA's partnership and affinity programs and the creation of the NGA Technological Innovation Advisory Council. Matt has over 10 years of association and non-profit experience. He holds an MS from the University of New Hampshire and a BS from George Mason University. He also holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential through the American Society of Association Executives, for which he serves on the Membership Section Council.

"Since joining NGA, Aileen and Matt have successfully taken on steadily increasing responsibilities in their respective areas of expertise," said Peter J. Larkin, President & CEO, NGA. "Aileen has improved the quality of our convention educational program, launched new conferences, webinars and share groups, guided our economic impact research project and helped revitalize the Grocers Research and Education Foundation.  Matt has brought new focus to our member recruitment and retention program, implemented a new membership database, added valuable member service programs including the NGA Online Training & Education Center and worked to upgrade NGA office technology."

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